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Nostradamus comes to Seattle radio: See the greatest sports prediction ever made!

October 1, 2009 | 11:03 am

If Mike Blowers actually knew anything about the movie business, I'd probably be calling him right now to ask who's going to be the new studio chief at Disney -- and Universal for that matter. Because in the prediction business, when you're hot, you're hot. For those who aren't lunatic baseball fans, Blowers was a journeyman third baseman for the Seattle Mariners who, except for one year when he hit 23 home runs, had trouble figuring out what pitch he was going to get, much less how to hit it.


But now that Blowers is a broadcaster for the Mariners, he's apparently developed some incredible psychic powers, as you can tell from watching this clip from "The Rachel Maddow Show" (hey, who knew she was a baseball fan?). Before the Mariners game Sunday in Toronto, Blowers was asked to predict something unusual that might happen. He responded with an outlandish scenario involving the team's rookie infielder, Matt Tuiasosopo, who'd just been called up from the minors (and yes, who is the son of former UCLA football great Manu Tuiasosopo).

Blowers predicted that, in his second at-bat, Tuiasosopo would work the count to 3-1, then hit a fastball to left-center for a home run into the second deck of Toronto's Rogers Centre. I'm not an oddsmaker, but I have to figure the odds of that happening are about as good as, well, Joel Silver getting the job of running Disney Studios. I mean, we're talking 10,000-to-1-type odds. But ... it happened, almost as exactly as Blowers predicted. Now that I think about it, maybe I'm going to call Blowers and, just to see if he hasn't lost his touch, ask him what the box office will be this weekend for "Whip It."

Meanwhile, see the prediction for yourself: